Avondhu Blackwater Partnership is delighted to take this opportunity to offer warm congratulations to Cathal O’Meara, who is a recent recipient of the Irish Planning Institute’s International Planning Award.
The project which led to Cathal’s awards victory involved the development of a network of cycle routes in Guatemala City, Central America, leading to a changed attitude toward social space and to a re-appropriation of the city’s historic, colonial core as a destination.
The Design Without Borders project, spearheaded by Cathal, was considered by judges to be “outstanding, as it marks the first successful attempt made by a Latin American city to develop a cycling network against the backdrop of car domination and urban motorways.”
Cathal has been engaged with Avondhu Blackwater Partnership for several years in a number of community-focused projects, including the Clancy St renewal, improvements to the Rathcormac Wildlife Reserve, and the renovation of the Passive Housing at Baile Glas, Lombardstown.
The biennial Irish Planning Institute Awards aim to highlight the best examples of planning practice and honour recent projects, plans and programmes that have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in urban and rural Ireland, and internationally.